February 2014


DSU Resident Director Authors MACUHO article on Positivity

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The article "The Power of Positivity" by DSU's Brandy Garlic -- printed in its entirety below as it appears in MACUHO Magazine -- is a message of great value for everyone on campus and beyond.

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Brandy Garlic, the resident director of University Village Apartment, authored the below article on page 32 in the Winter Issue of MACUHO Magazine, a publication of the Mid-Atlantic Association of College & University Housing Officers. At first, the plan for this webpage was to simply mention her authorship of the piece and summarize its message. However, after reading it, it became clear that it was a message that every member of the DSU community – students, staff, faculty, administrators, alumni and anyone else who takes the time to read it – could and would benefit from it. So the article has been reproduced below in its entirety. The University Village Residential Education staff appears on the front cover of the Winter Issue of MACHUHO THE POWER OF POSITIVITY Brandy Garlic, Resident Director University Village Apartments, Delaware State University             Let’s be honest. Working in housing and residential education is a lot of work! There is so much emphasis on customer service, office hours, on call, late nights, policies and procedures that sometimes we forget the bare essentials that we need to get to the meat of the job done. I am a firm believer (and I preach this to my students and staff) that, “your attitude determines the outcome.” If you approach the Resident Assistant position  and a career in general with a negative attitude, then you will have  negative results. If you approach an irate student with negativity, you had better believe that you will get negative results. There truly is power in positivity.            Brandy Garlic             This may seem like mere words to you, but it has become a movement on Delaware State University’s campus specifically in the Department of Housing and Residential Education. While planning for fall training this year, I brainstormed a great deal trying to find a theme. Just like most of my “great ideas,” it came to me at 2 a.m. while trying to fall asleep. Positivity!             During my welcome and expectations sessions, I told the RAs, “I do not do well with negativity because I am a positive person. So, if you are having a bad day, and I encounter you, I will sprinkle you with positivity. Smiles are contagious and so is a positive attitude and aura.” To support my thinking and my way of living I showed a TED Talk, “The Happy Secret to Better Work” by Shawn Achor. Shawn’s talk is about positive psychology. He challenges listeners to not allow their external world to determine their happiness.             “If you raise someone’s level of positivity in the present then their brain experiences what we call a happiness advantage,” says Achor. He does a fantastic job of exuding the positivity and energy he discusses in his talk. The feedback from the RAs after hearing this was filled with positivity.             Because of this new way of approaching training, this positive movement, you could see the difference in the way the RAs bonded with their staffs, the way they learned new policies and procedures, and the way they accepted the challenges of training. This may sound like something small, not anything new to professionals or even Chief Housing Officers, but it is something that we as humans sometimes take for granted. Reintroducing positivity to the RAs during training produced powerful results and provided an amazing atmosphere. Anytime they are faced with adversity in life or in the job I challenge them to “sprinkle it with positivity.” I tell them that I don’t care if it’s a salt shaker filled with positivity or a bucket. Sprinkle it with positivity because your attitude in just about any situation can determine the outcome.

Several DSU Events Postponed Due to Forecasted Winter Storm

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Due to a winter snowstorm that is forecasted for the entire state of Delaware beginning on late Wednesday evening (tonight) and throughout the day on Thursday, Delaware State University has postponed the following events on campus: The Founder’s Day events originally scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 in the MLK Student Center and at Loockerman Hall is rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 25.  The Make Your Mark Guest Speakers Series event on the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 in the E&H Theatre. The Hornet Days events on campus from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. The rescheduled dates for the above events will be announced later. The DSU Administration has not yet made a decision on the status of University operations for Thursday, Feb. 13. It is expected that a decision will be made by late Wednesday evening (sometime after 10:30 p.m.) and publicized on all University communication channels (website, email, DSU Snowline). 

DSU Hosts 2014 KC Science Fair --- Photo Slideshow and Info

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More than 94 students from among five different Central Delaware middle schools participated in the 3rd annual Kent County Science Fair held in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center at Delaware State University.

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For the third consecutive year, Delaware State University was host site for the annual Kent County Science Fair, which featured 90 projects from students from five Central Delaware middle Schools.   For images from the Kent County Science Fair, click on the below photo slideshow, followed by more information about the event as well as a list of the winners: There were 94 students who submitted projects in the following categories: natural sciences, engineering, physics, health, behavioral & social sciences, and chemistry. Held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center on the DSU campus, there were five Kent County middle schools that participated in the science fair – Central (of Dover), William Henry, Fred Fifer III, Milford Center Academy, and Postlethwaite. The 2014 Kent County Science Fair's winning projects and students included: Chemistry 1st – Mixing Liquid with water -Logan Schad- William Henry Middle School 2nd – Does the salt content have any effect on the boiling point of water-Matthew Leager- William Henry Middle School 3rd – Tie: (a) Oxygen & Fire – Nikolas Mandalas- William Henry Middle School (b) Fresh vs salt -Riley McQuaide-William Henry Middle School   Engineering 1st – Helpful Hovercrafts- Noah Mills & Ryan Adkins, Fred Fifer III Middle School 2nd – Soil Bearing Capacity: The pressure is on!-Hashir Cheema- William Henry Middle School 3rd – Effect of Fridge Temperature on Extending Battery Life- Ashish D'Souza- Postlewait Middle School   Health, Behavioral and Social Sciences 1st – How does the Genre of Music Affect Heart Rate -Tierney Bowen William Henry Middle School 2nd – Does No-Name Stain Remover Work Just as Well as Name Brand-Brianna Reed- William Henry Middle School 3rd – Got that subject style- Taylor Mazanek – William Henry Middle School   Natural Sciences 1st – “Rising” Above the rest only what you “knead” -Skylar Campanicki, William Henry Middle School 2nd – Ph of Fruit and How it affects flavor-Abby Haisworth- William Henry Middle School 3rd – Tie: (a) Bacterial Growth: The Truth May Surprise You – Sarah Larose- William Henry Middle School (b) The influence of worms -Taylor Lipski-William Henry Middle School Physics 1st – Magnetic Levitation – Samuel Mackey & Bryant Craig- Fred Fifer III Middle School 2nd – Hot vs Cold Tennis Ball Experiment- Kylee Victory- William Henry Middle School 3rd – Drum and Pitch- Oscar “Henry” Gonzales – William Henry Middle School

DSU Dover & Sussex to reopen on time 2/14; NCCo delayed.

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Kent County got a total of about seven inches of snow over the course of the snow event that began on Wednesday night.

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DSU's main campus in Dover and its Georgetown site will reopen at its regular start time on Friday, Feb. 14 (today). All employees should arrive at those locations at their regular reporting time. The DSU@Wilmington site will delay its reopening today until 11 a.m. All employees at that site should arrive at that time.

March 4 HBCUs/Women Educators Guest Lecture postponed

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Delaware State University has postponed the March 4 guest lecture by Dr. Marybeth Gasman, a historian on higher education, who was slated to give a guest lecture on "A History of HBCUs and the Role of Women Educators in the Longwood Auditorium in the Bank of America Building on campus               Dr. Marybeth Gasman The free and open to the public event will be rescheduled on a date and time to be later announced.. Dr. Gasman is a professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and is one of the leading authorities in the country on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Gasman is a historian of higher education and currently serves as the vice president of the history and historiography section of the American Educational Research Association and as the chair of the American Association of University Professors Committee on HBCUs. Dr. Gasman is the author of several books, including the 2007 book Envisioning Black Colleges: A History of the United Negro College Fund, which was cited as "an invaluable contribution" to the field of higher education for African-Americans and to "the general area of the history of higher education.” Gasman has also published Charles S. Johnson: Leadership Beyond the Veil in the Age of Jim Crow (with Patrick J. Gilpin), Supporting Alma Mater: Successful Strategies for Securing Funds from Black College Alumni (with Sibby Anderson-Thompkins), and Uplifting a People: African American Philanthropy and Education (with Kate Sedgwick). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication from St. Norbert College and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Higher Education and Law from Indiana University. Gasman has been a Penn Graduate School of Education faculty member since 2003.

Chemistry Guest Speaker to Discuss Novel Polymer Feb. 18

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Delaware State University’s Department of Chemistry will host a Feb. 18 guest lecture by Dr. Thomas Schultz of Horizon Partners Ventures, LLC, who will speak on the topic of “Biodegradable, Bio-Renewable Super Absorbent Polymers.”   The guest lecture will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 in Room 323 of the Mishoe Science Center South. The event – which is part of the department’s 2014 Sustainable Chemistry Seminar Series – is free and open to the public.   Dr. Schultz will talk about the development of hydrogels as a biodegradable alternative to polyacrylate-based super absorbent polymers that are a contaminant in the ground and at landfills. Also having received more than $500,000 in research grants since 2011, Dr. Schultz will share insights on how to convince funding entities that an innovation is a better bet to be funded.   Dr. Schultz is currently a partner with Horizon Partners Ventures LLC, a Delaware-based technology firm founded in 2012 as a commercialization business that identifies unmet needs in the chemicals, agriculture, materials and pharmaceutical markets and matches innovations with the right benefits to those needs. Horizon obtains Small Business Innovation Research grants and private funding to provide the research and business development needed to bring the products to market.   Dr. Schultz holds a Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry (New York University) and training in Business Management (INSEAD, France). His professional focus is on the building of ‘product engines’ and new initiatives in the physical sciences markets. He has more than 40 patents and numerous publications.   Dr. Schultz’s 30 years as an R&D executive has led to the creation of significant new products at E.I. DuPont, L’Oreal, P&G, Shiseido Ltd., Playtex, Sculptz Inc., Clorox and Bristol-Myers-Squibb across a range of product categories.

Dr. Jeanne Flavin guest speaker Reproduction Politics March 5

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DSU’s Sociology & Criminal Justice Department will present guest speaker Dr. Jeanne Flavin, Fordham University professor of sociology, who will speak on “Our Bodies, Our Crimes: Policing Women’s Reproduction in America” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 in the Longwood Auditorium (room 113) of the Bank of America Building on campus.                       Dr. Jeanne Flavin The event – which is also co-sponsored by the organization Sociologists for Women in Society -- is free and open to the public. Dr. Flavin is author of the award-winning book, Our Bodies, Our Crimes: The Policing of Women's Reproduction in America and more than two dozen other scholarly publications. She serves on the board of directors of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, a reproductive justice organization which defends the rights of pregnant and parenting women, particularly those whose race, poverty, drug use, or mental health makes them vulnerable to arrest and prosecution. She is the recipient of a 2009 Fulbright research award and the 2013 Sociologists for Women in Society Feminist Activism Award.

DSU to Delay Feb. 17 opening to 9:30 a.m. at all locations

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Snow falls once again on DSU, delaying opening by one hour but  not closing operations on Feb. 17.

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In the wake of this morning's snowfall in Delaware, DSU will delay its opening one hour at all three of its locations in Dover, DSU@Wilmington and Georgetown. Only essential employees are to arrive for work at their regular reporting time. All other employees should report by 9:30 a.m.                                              

Dr. Bradley Skelcher to Speak on Medical Experimentation on Slaves

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Dr. Skelcher's presentation is part of DSU's series of Black History Month events.

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Dr. Bradley Skelcher, DSU associate provost and professor of history, will give a presentation on “The Medical Experimentation of Enslaved African Americans at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 in Mishoe 139A (north). The presentation is free and open to the public. Dr. Skelcher will discuss how slaves were forced to undergo medical procedures without anesthesia and against their will as a means of helping doctors develop surgical procedures. He will also share how aged and infirm slaves were often provided to doctors for medical experimentation.

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